Terrebonne Parish, LA: Pit bull law to be discussed, Feb 21

This BSL proposal has gone from a “whisper” to a reality. Possible BSL will be discussed Feb 21 at 6:15 PM at the Policy, Procedure, and Legal Committee meeting, Parish Council Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Government Tower. In this proposal, all “pit bulls” would be declared “vicious dogs” and would be subject to heavy ownership restrictions.

The agenda for this meeting, including documents from the parish attorney (including sample ordinance), can be read here: http://novus.tpcg.org/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=657&MinutesMeetingID=-1

All alerts for Terrebonne Parish: http://stopbsl.com/?s=terrebonne

Terrebonne Parish Council, 8026 Main Street, Suite 600, Houma, LA 70360
Phone: (985) 873-6519
Fax: (985) 873-6521

Mr. Alvin Tillman, atillman@tpcg.org
Ms. Arlanda J. Williams, ajwilliams@tpcg.org
Mr. Billy Hebert, bhebert@tpcg.org
Ms. Teri C. Cavalier, tcavalier@tpcg.org
Mr. Johnny Pizzolatto, jpizzolatto@tpcg.org
Mr. Kevin M. Voisin, kevin@kevinvoisin.com
Mr. Clayton Voisin, cjvoisin@tpcg.org
Mr. Joey Cehan, jcehan@tpcg.org
Mr. Pete Lambert, plambert@tpcg.org

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atillman@tpcg.org; ajwilliams@tpcg.org; bhebert@tpcg.org; tcavalier@tpcg.org; jpizzolatto@tpcg.org; kevin@kevinvoisin.com; cjvoisin@tpcg.org; jcehan@tpcg.org; plambert@tpcg.org

— Pit-bull law. Terrebonne Parish Councilman Billy Hebert, who represents Bayou Cane and Broadmoor, researched the possibility of a breed-specific dog law after a 4-year-old was mauled last month in Houma. The issue will be discussed at the Policy, Procedure and Legal Committee meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday. Any change to parish law must also go to a public hearing, which has not been scheduled in this case, according to council documents.

Parish Attorney Courtney Alcock drafted a set of rules, similar to those used in other Louisiana parishes, that would require pit bulls and other pit breeds to be housed in a fence or structure at least 6 feet high that children cannot enter. If the dog is outside that structure or the owner’s premises, it must be restrained by a strong leash or chain and muzzled or have another device to restrict it from biting a person or other animal.

These laws require the owner or keeper to have a license from parish animal-control officials and show proof of at least $100,000 of liability insurance to cover any damage or injuries caused by the dog. The owner must also permanently ink or tattoo a registration number to the dog’s inner ear and post signs “warning that there is a vicious dog on the premises,” the proposed law says.

Full article retrieved 2/20/11 from http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20110220/ARTICLES/110219340/1211/news01?Title=Council-considers-museum-expansion-injection-wells

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One response to “Terrebonne Parish, LA: Pit bull law to be discussed, Feb 21

  1. I HAVE BEEN A PITTBULL OWNER FOR ABOUT THREE YRS. NOW. BEFORE OWNING ONE, I ALWAYS SAID I WOULD NOT OWN ONE BECAUSE OF THEIR REPUTATION. I HAVE OWNED MANY DOGS AN A FEW HAD MEAN TENDACIES. DEALT WITH PROPERLY THEY WERE LIKE NEW DOGS.. THE PROBLEM WASNT HAS MUCH THEM, HAS MUCH MY LACK OF EDUCATION, AND UNDERSTANDING..WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE GAINED I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO USE WITH MY PITBULL..HE LISTENS AND IS BETTER BEHAVED THAN MOST CHILDREN. WE NEED TO EDUCATE BETTER OWNERSHIP..LIKE YOUR CHILDREN WITHOUT MORALS AND VALUES..SOME END UP RUNNING WILD.. SAME PHILOSOPHY.. THE OWNERS NEED TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE IN TRAINING, SETTING BOUNDRIES, IF NOT THEY RUN WILD AND DO WHAT THEY WANT, AND WHAT INSTINCTS TELL THEM..THIS I FEEL IS ALOT OF THE PROBLEM..ONLY THE BLAME IS ON A VICTIM THAT CANT SPEEK FOR HIMSELF…I WILL SPEEK BECAUSE YOU CANT BLAME THE BREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!